Art and Education Series
In this web series we present artist educators who actively use art as a tool to build community and create positive social and ecological change.
No. 8: "Love Letter to the Planet: 50 Years of Making"
No. 7: "Down to Earth"
A Presentation & Discussion with artist Ann Savageau
Sunday December 4, 2022
Ann Savageau is an environmental artist, activist, poet, educator and designer who creates mixed-media sculpture and installations. She will present samples of her work from her 50-year career as an artist. Her work deals with the natural world, human culture, and their intersection. She investigates global warming and environmental destruction. One goal that runs through everything she does is to bring out the hidden beauty of waste through artistic transformation, and to promote environmental stewardship through the creative reuse of post-consumer materials. Ann has worked individually as well as with fellow artists and concerned citizens from around the world to address pressing environmental and social justice issues. Ann’s most recent installation, Guardians, addresses multiple crises facing our planet.
A Presentation & Discussion with artist Michele Guieu
Sunday October 30, 2022
This presentation will be the occasion for Michele to share how she engages with her young students and the larger public, through her recent projects, in public spaces, and at school. Michele will discuss the way she incorporates science in her work. She will explain how she reflects on the importance of the materials she uses in her work. “If we do not face the reality of the situation we have created, and if we do not realize that environment, energy, economy, and equity are connected, we will lose our chance at a future. So my work now is now oriented towards more systemic thinking, like in “Down To Earth,” my last site-specific participatory installation.” -Michele Guieu
No. 6: "The Power of WE:
Artists Panel Discussion with Andree Singer Thompson, Lisa Zimmer Chu, Leslie Smith, and Mary White
August 28, 2022
The August Art +Education # 6 offers a dialog on the power and value of collaboration and community, of the “WE”, working together with other artists, scientists, writers, political activists, members in community, policy makers, and the audience to further educate all involved. Moderated by Andree Singer Thompson, four artists will offer their own experiences working in communion with others, describing different forms of collaborations.
No. 5: "Ecoart in Action: Fostering Social and Ecological Change"
A presentation by Contributors and Editors
May 22, 2022
This presentation provides an overview of "Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities"., newly published by New Village Press.
Compiled from 67 members of the Ecoart Network—many of whom are also WEAD members—Ecoart in Action stands as a field guide for ecoart practice. It provides adaptable strategies for engaging a wide range of learners within a variety of learning environments. Join us to celebrate this recently published remarkable book.
No. 4: "Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood"
A presentation by Pamela Karimi
A replay is not available but please refer to "Black Spaces Matter: Celebrating New Bedford's Abolition Row " to learn more about the exhibition and Pamela Karimi
No. 3: "Rewilding Our Muses: Shifting Our Imagined Future through Diverse Creative Practices"
A presentation by Beverly Naidus
Dec. 5, 2021
Beverly Naidus will discuss how her own creative practices, workshop facilitation, and daily life has shifted during the Pandemic to include neighbors and collaborative community art projects while offering online art workshops to process the challenges of this time and reimagine our future. She and her partner, Bob Spivey, co-direct the non-profit organization, SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School) that has run online discussions for socially engaged artists to adapt their work to the changing conditions of this time while facilitating the Tacoma Story Hive project which hopes to seed other projects of its kind.
No. 2: "Art is for all of us"
A presentation by Carol Newborg
Sept. 20, 2021
“Access to the arts is a vital part of survival, growth, and change for men and women in prison. Learning, focusing, collaborating and problem solving in the arts translate to skills that are used in other aspects of life, and the shared expression of universal human experience creates bridges between diverse groups. I've worked in prison art studios with California's Arts in Corrections Program for over 35 years, and the wonders of human potential for growth and transformation continually inspire me. I also organize exhibits 'over the walls' so that others can share the art and the beauty and potential of human change. We have so much to learn from people with the traumatic backgrounds of many of the incarcerated and their healing work, which can help intervene in the generational cycle of trauma. Art helps incarcerated people connect to families, to our communities, to help heal harm, and to give back to others.” -Carol Newborg
No. 1: "Art as a Healing Force"
A presentation by Andrée Singer Thompson
Aug. 23, 2021
WEAD is delighted to have Andrée Singer Thompson, Bay Area sculptor, beloved mentor, activist, educator, founder of Laney College Eco Art Matters class, present about the healing power of art. This is a special opportunity to hear about Andrée’s lifetime of creativity, love, and service—in her own words and images.
No. 9: "Creating 'Affinity': A Journey to Connection Through Collaboration"
A Presentation & Discussion with artist Charla Elizabeth
Sunday January 22, 2023
"This presentation will chronicle my 50+ years of creating art that honors nature and builds community. I developed an interest in art at an early age. Over the years, my interests have evolved to include art education, our ecosystems and the use of art to uplift communities in need. Collaborative sculpture has become integral to my work, and I invite you to collaborate with me on my next sculpture." - Charla Elizabeth